Re: Incorrect Uniforms
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Fri, 22 Jul 1994 15:28:46 CST
Michael Dobson <dobson@NET.USUHS.MIL> writes:
>What do you do when you have an award you earned that is no longer covered
>by the Insigina Control Guide? As a boy I earned the Fiftith Anniversary
>Achievement Award. At the time this was described as a permanent patch to
>be worn above the left pocket, above any knots and service stars.
It and the 75th Annisversary Achievement Award are both PERMANENT
awards authorized by the BSA, Mike. That's a great question, but I
answered this one about four years ago when I first came online to
Scouts-L. The reason why much of the "past awards" (like the 50th
Annisversary Award, the OA awards, many of the "old" square knots
(like the Ranger and Ace), and lots of the older merit badges and
other awards earned by Explorers) are not listed is simply a matter of
numbers: there are fewer and fewer of us "old timers" around and many
more of the "young'uns" around today.
It is STILL permitted to be worn, as a PERMANENT item, below the World
Crest emblem and above the service stars (the old books say 1 inch
above but use your own judgement today).
>years ago when I became a Cub Scout leader, I checked in the guide to see
>how it should be worn and could find no reference to it. I checked with a
>number of veteran scouters in my district and council and none of them knew
>how to wear it either. Recently my Dad sent me a large box of my old
>uniforms, patches and his old books, etc. In there were several shirts
>from my camp staff days with the award sewn in the place I described above.
If you have an extra one, I would be willing to trade for it...I could
use a better one in my display here than the moth-eaten one that I got
>Is it legal for me to be wearing this award? It was issued as a
>"permanent" patch in 1961. If not, perhaps National should consider a knot
>to represent this award earned as a boy.
There's not a plan for the award to be made a knot, but there IS plans
to make the old Youth Leadership in America Awards (remember *that
sillyness*, folks??) into a square knot for those hundreds of Senior
Patrol Leaders, Post Presidents/Ship Boatswains, and Team Captains
that earned the award between 1977 and 1989. Be looking for it
sometime in the next Scouting year.
Yes, the award is legal for wear even though you may have to explain
to a new generation what the award was for. The BSA authorized the
75th strips to be purchased and worn by Scouts and Scouters, but there
were *very few* local Councils to write back to National and request
them. The last ones were destroyed during the 89 Jamboree.
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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